Monday, August 17, 2015

Kitchen Corners

Hi Friends,
Hope you enjoyed a great couple weeks.
I've missed visiting with you all and will be around shortly to catch up with everyone.

I'm back from some vacation time and here we are near the end of August already.
It sure is refreshing to take a step away from the computer
break from technology now and then.

The summer has flown by and I am looking forward
to cooler days and fall decorating.
But for now,
 I thought I'd share some corners in my kitchen
before I change things out for Autumn this week.

Summer is still with us here in Texas but you can feel fall in the air and in the wind.
Summer in the kitchen was  mixed with blue, aqua, black and neutrals.
An easy transition for adding fall color and accents in rust.

When I titled this post, Kitchen Corners,
I was inspired to share what I've done in the corners of my kitchen,
counters and cabinet spaces.

Also some ideas to myself in these areas for a better look.
Do you do that?
Once you see a display or furniture design,
 you see it differently through the lens and make changes.

Starting with the cabinets,
you can see where I added the touch of aqua with blue, white and black.
This combo just really worked with the neutral cabinets.

You may remember when I redesigned our kitchen,
I took out a few cabinet doors for open shelves,
then painted the interiors and back of the inside cabinets the same as the outside.

Doing this seems to open the width of the room and makes it seem larger.
Just by taking off a few doors.

Aqua cow looks on over the kitchen and just makes me smile among the dishes.

Vintage cups and saucers add to the blue and white charm.


Here's a corner on my counter.
After looking at this picture,
I can see, if I paint the words Be Thankful over again in white, it will appear like a chalk board.
The Watkins cook book is vintage, was my mother's and adds to my color theme for summer.

Much better with the words painted in white and a few flowers for Miss Cow Creamer!


This corner is along side the stove top.
Looking at this photo,
I see ways to change it for a better look.
Like a tall vintage candle stick, vase, tall bottle or layer the items already here.
What do you think?

Perhaps layer the items like this.

adding a bottle, or layering like this~

Now this is better~

This corner holds a drink dispenser for large gatherings.
When not in use, I place faux lemons inside
for a pop of color and it just looks summery.
After seeing this pic,
I might add a few lemons to the aqua owl dish.

Now this works much better adding lemons, vintage ice tea spoons, blue and white vintage stitched napkins
and a glass ready for lemonade.


Another corner cabinet holds more vintage blue and white with a few shells.
Vintage spoons or forks would be pretty placed here on the plates.

Perfect spot for vintage spoons.
This is much better~


Two of my favorites.
Blue and white fruit basket plate and a gift from my son,
for Christmas, the Blue Willow tea pot.

Near my oven area, and tucked out of view, I've added a small coffee/tea bar in this corner space.
It works out great and keeps the rest of the kitchen counters looking clutter free.
I'm still working on this area and going to add a chalk board wall plaque to read,
Fresh Brewed
Coffee and Tea!

Plates in wall racks are another favorite of mine and help add to the color for summer.
I love changing out the plates for the seasons and color themes.
This is also a great idea for narrow wall spaces.

Below is a little melamine plate 
and it helped to bring the blue, aqua and black together.
Found it at Walmart 2 dollars~~

This bowl sits on the island.
I love the painted roses.
I could add something inside, but hate to hide the painting.
Sometimes less is more.

Adding art work gives the final touches.
This painting above hangs over the stove and adds to an old world feel.
It has a non glare glass for better viewing in the bright light over the stove top.
Around the painting, I changed the tiles to a framed design to surround the piece.
The plates under the painting can be changed out for the seasons as well.

This painting was done on an old cabinet door many years ago in one of my studies.
I love the summer outdoor feel of the bistro.
Wouldn't you just love to walk up and sit down here?

This painting is a large canvas measuring about 36" square.
The old world charm, blue sky, water and gondolas just speak to me.
It is a deep square canvas and covers the intercom where the door bell and voice box speaker live.
Can you imagine the builder doing that?
The only large wall to decorate and I have this right in the middle of the wall.
We inherited this from the previous owners.
I would have NOT designed this wall with an intercom square in the middle.
Now with the artwork here, when the door bell rings, 
it sounds charming coming from within the art work.
And, solved the dilemma

This over the doorway shelf was added  last winter and has been the best spot 
to showcase my white and ivory pitcher collection.

Lastly, how about some lunch.
Join me at my summery table.
Aqua with shell dishes and starfish.

Shell bowl and plate.

A few shells among the roses for accent.

Aqua straw place mats on a vintage lace table square with long stem roses.
Lets relax!

So that's it for the corners and summer look of the kitchen this season.

Displayed on top of the fridge,
I love seeing this each day when I enter the kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by 
I hope "Today is a Good Day for A Good Day" for you!!



Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Welcome back Celeste! I love all your decorative corners. You have a nice collection of creamware pitchers! Pretty tablescape :-)
I joined a Good Fences two weeks in a row because of the posts I'd seen here and wondered where you were! Hope your vacation was great. XO, Liz

Jan Hermann said...

Oh, Celeste - so glad you had the chance to get away for a vacation...and welcome back! I love this post - Kitchen Corners - very inspiring. Love how you re-did some of the corners - they look even better than the original!! It is a Good Day for a Good Day, isn't it?

Jan ♥

The Bear's Blog said...

Beautiful tour, thank you.

Happy week.

Anonymous said...

Hi Celeste! I've missed you but glad to hear you had a nice restful time! I'm sure it's been hot in Texas! I'd be disappointed if it wasn't. LOL. I'm still just marveling over my wonderful gifts from you. Thank you again for drawing my name! Now I love all of your kitchen corners! I see quite a few things we have in common like that aqua Butterprint Pyrex bowl. That is my favorite pattern! I also have those same beautiful transferware salt and peppers. I may bring mine out now after seeing yours on display. I wish I have more wall space like you do so I could hang more things on the wall. I have so many doors! I see how you've propped up your little bread board, I think that's what I'll do with the darling Rooster board you painted for me. I wanted to hang it on the wall but I really don't have a space that would show up very well so I think I'll do this too! This was a great post from you for me! :) Glad you're back!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anna said...

Back with a lovely post...

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste, my dear friend,
so nice to have you back here!
Thank you for this wonderful sightseeing tour through your kitchen! I LOVE IT! Such a wonderful place, makes me feel home .....
Wishing you a lovely new week,
sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks wonderful, glad you had a good vacation, hugs, Valerie

Unknown said...

Celestina, Welcome back from Vacation. Looking forward to fall and your kitchen transition too.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Celeste! It sure is nice to see you back. Now that you're coming in, I'm going out...but just for the new school year. I will still be following and posting once a month, but my time on the computer will be limited but I'll always make time to visit your gentle world. Love the blue and white, and that blue cow is sweet as can be.

Have a creative and great day! Anita

Debbie Harris said...

Good Morning Celestina! It is so good to see you back, you were missed.
Such a lovely and inviting tour, as always.
You inspire me every time you give us a tour of your lovely home. I have many beautiful treasures that I need to get out and enjoy more often.
Thank you for sharing your beauty.
Yes, it is s good day, to have a good day!
Much love~ Debbie

decorayadora said...

Hi dear celestina ,, que rincon mas bello , co todos esas piezas encantadoras ,, que tenga un lindo día

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Welcome back Celeste, you've been missed. I agree viewing a photo can often give a fresher perspective. Staggers always do it. I do it too. Plus before you pay sticker shock on that price tag take a picture of yourself in the dressing rooms full length mirror and really see how that outfit flatters you.
I love your vintage Blue and White and that POP of Aqua is refreshing to the palate. Great tweaks on your lovely displays.
Enjoy your week. Philadelphia is in a real heat wave, today is humid and hot - 95 degrees in the shade hot!

Stephanie said...

Good morning, sweet friend! It's so good to have you back - you were missed :) I simply loved seeing your pretty dishes and displays. Your home is such a beautiful place, my friend.

Wishing you a delightful week. Love and hugs!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Welcome back for your blogging break and it's so nice to see you sharing your pretty kitchen with us at Cooking & Crafting with J & J. Have a nice day and week.
Julie xo

chateau chic said...

Your kitchen corners are so pretty. Love the color combination you're using.
Mary Alice

Kim said...

I am so glad you enjoyed your little break, that is what summer is all about! Love the blue cow, so sweet!! :)

Betty said...

I wished I had more counter space to decorate in our kitchen. I was hoping to move the microwave on it, but no way and it takes up alot of space. We are almost done with it, just waiting for a contractor to do the floor. I adore those blue mugs you have on your coffee corner.

Conniecrafter said...

Your cows here and there tucked with the dishes are too cute. Love all the blue and white dishes. Good idea with the plaque to paint the words white to look like chalkboard. The paintings are just lovely and like your shelf above the door, I have been thinking about having my hubby make some for me. Lovely summer table setting! Glad you had a nice time away!

Createology said...

Celestina Marie Dear I always love visiting and seeing your lovely spaces you share. This time has been such fun seeing how you change things up even a tiny bit and how delightful each vignette becomes even lovelier. I adore blue and white so this has been such a beautiful visit. Thank you and a glass of lemonade is the perfect Summer refresher as we visit on a very GOOD DAY...

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty vignettes in your kitchen corners, Celeste! I try to keep to the corners in our kitchen, too, because the counters are so broken up {between appliances and the sink} that I hate to take up too much actual working counter space. Plus, I don't want to hear hubby asking "does this really need to be here?". : ) I love your aqua cow - I've not seen one like that before.

Tete said...

Welcome back! I love your summer things in your kitchen. So pretty and I love the color and white is one theme I had in my kitchen before along with yellow.
I am so looking forward to fall. We have it happening here in our yard now, leaves falling and nuts. Won't be long. The dried and dead is creeping up the corn stalks...just weeks from harvest!

Rose L said...

Love that painting of the cart of flowers! A Watkins cookbook! I remember when they used to sell their products door-to-door and it was the only vanilla extract my mom used for years!

Denise said...

lovely tour, glad you are back.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello dear Celeste
Everything in your kitchen is looking so fresh. Love the sweet touches of aqua and especially the willow patterned plates and teapot. Rather special are your row of white and ivory jugs but somehow I love the simplicity of your little corner sign "Be Thankful". This is what draws the love into our lives.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment for the winner of my Giveaway. That shows a truly kind heart wishing well for others! So blessed are we who do.
Sorry I missed you own Giveaway Celeste - just plain flat out especially now I have a class coming up soon.
Enjoy your week,
Blessings and joy,

Donna said...

I'm so excited to see you back, Celestina! And I am so happy to know that you had a great time away and are rested and recharged:) I love, love, love all of the aqua touches you have added to your pretty kitchen! The aqua cow creamer is just darling. I also am in love with your gorgeous painted sea shell on your pretty table. So many wonderful touches and ideas, thank you for sharing!
Oh, you sure have to wonder what on earth builders think when they come up with crazy ideas!!

cynthia lee designs said...

Welcome were missed, but we all need a little break sometime and it does us good. I love all the touches in your kitchen corners!!

Gypsy Heart said...

I agree that a technology break is good for everyone! Sometimes I just need total quiet ~ not even any music in the background. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your time away!

Your decor is beautiful ~


Kathy said...

It all looks gorgeous and makes me so envious of you gals who have the time to switch things up for the seasons!!

Art and Sand said...

I love all of your "kitchen corners".

We are in the process of making fun changes in our kitchen so it was great to look at all of your pics.

eileeninmd said...

Hello CM, what a lovely post. So many pretty kitchens displays. I love the pretty blue, aqya and teal colors and the cute cow is adorable. And the summery beachy table setting is my favorite. I love all things beachy! Lovely post, enjoy your day!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Gosh you have some beautiful touches in your kitchen! What a cheery place. The blues are wonderful. And the little painted dish too. I love little scenes like in your bistro picture. But your overdoor shelf is my favorite of all. Love the look of those pitchers! Glad you had a lovely break, and yes, September is just days away now. Such a lovely time of year. Hugs to you! j

Okio B Designs said...

I'm swooning over your Pyrex! Gorgeous photos. And good for you for taking a break from technology. I really need to as well.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Welcome back, you have been missed! Our Texas hit has been blazing, hasn't it? But you are so right about the hint of coolness infusing our breezes, as I was walking this morning I could feel it and oh my it was so wonderful!
Such pretty soft touches to your kitchen with blues and white. I also am enjoying your vintage silver spoons with the bow wrapped around them. Everything is just perfectly lovely!
Have a joyful afternoon,

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Hi Celestina! Welcome back! Lovely post! You're a decorating superstar!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love all of your changes and how you showed each one and then the improvement to it! The blue and white with aqua is so pretty. It sounds like you have a lot of counter space to style up with each season. I am a little envious!

Debby Ray said...

I love the colors you have used here...the blues and aguas compliment each other and those pops of yellow are just perfect! My mom had the aqua rooster & wheat pattern Pyrex bowls like what I saw in one of your pics...also the opposite (aqua on white) as well. I always think of her when I see these. Happy Tuesday :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Crushing over the blue and white...are those blue and white salt and pepper shakers?...They are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I know you had a wonderful vacation; it's always nice to get away. Your kitchen vignettes are so pretty and have that special Celestina touch! I see so many beautiful pieces of china- I love the Mason's Blue Fruit Basket. The lemons and shells just say summer to me; I love the way you added them to your vignettes! Your use of blue and white china adds such a refreshing touch to your room. You have me not wanting summer to end now! Have a great week!

Creations By Cindy said...

Looks like we've both had a little time away. Love the tour and as you know....Love that blue and white! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

Such a pretty post, Celestina. I love the shelf over the doorway with all the ironstone pitchers! Every nook and cranny is full of pretties at your house. You have an eye for "dreamy decor".

Stacey said...

Celestina Marie, your kitchen vignettes are so pretty. I love all the blue you've incorporated in the room. I agree that artwork in the kitchen makes it so much prettier and less utilitarian. How about a picture of the room so we can see how the vignettes all fit in. :)

Thank you for your sweet comment about my girlfriend trip. Glad to be home but feeling fine from all the fun we had.

Mari said...

Hi Celeste, I hope you enjoyed your all the changes you have done to your beautiful's amazing how changing a few items around gives you a fresh new look.....


Vicky Hunt said...

I enjoyed looking at all your pretty vignettes! I love aqua too. It's been my favorite accent color for a couple years now. I find it works well ia all seasons. Hope your week is going great. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment about my daughter's move to Prague. I appreciate it so much. Hugs, Vicky

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Anonymous said...

Hi sweet Celeste! I'm enjoying seeing your kitchen again and am seeing things I didn't see the first time! Thanks for popping in to meet Babbette and thanks for the advice. I was thinking about some kind of stain that wouldn't be harmful.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GranthamLynn said...

Beautiful fun post. I enjoyed the tour of your kitchen. I love the Blue. I have a lot of Blue. Nothing as nice. The tablescape is really pretty too. I do have some fish plates but they are in storage. Bummer! HeHe.
I came by from your comment at Denise's. I wanted to meet you.
Come over and visit.
Have a wonderful Thursday.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I've missed you. Enjoyed seeing the corners in your kitchen. The aqua color adds such a pop to the décor. I really enjoyed seeing the way you changed things up a little bit. You're right. After I see something in a photo, I can easily see something I need to do differently that I never thought of before I took the photo. Your blue Pyrex (I think) bowl is so pretty. It's hard to believe that summer is almost gone. Glad you're back.

Dorthe said...

Hello Celeste, and to your beautiful kitchen corners, what a beautiful blue post, I love blue porcelain, too- and you have so many special pieces. Your decoration with them is looking beautiful, -love the shelf over the doorway ,and your white pitchers ,too!!
We made only a few days vacation in Copenhagen with the grands, but are soon on our way again to help our daughter move to anothe flat :-)
Hope you will enjoy the rest of August ,dear !!
Dorthe, xoxo

Linda Walker said...

Good morning Celeste,
Welcome back! I've been away a bit too! Just checking in today on some blogging friends as I have a few unscheduled moments. Once my daughter returns to school over the weekend, I will be back as usual! I loved taking the tour of your very beautiful kitchen. I love the shelf above your door with the collection of pitchers. I would love to add some shelves as well. Your collection of dishes is also wonderful! I wanted to thank you for the very sweet comment you recently left me while I was away. Your visits and comments always put a smile on my face! I am glad you enjoyed your time away! Have a lovely day Celestina!

Red Rose Alley said...

Celestina, your kitchen corners are so charming, and I love all the blue you have in your kitchen. I especially like those blue tea cups at the end of the post, they are lovely. Blue in the home is so stunning, and I wish I had more of it. Glad you had a rest from the computer, Celestina, and I think I could use a break myself right now.

love, ~Sheri

Unknown said...

I love all of your little treasures!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed your vacation, Celeste. I too love to play with kitchen vignettes, and I spot a lot of ideas through my camera lens. The kitchen is my favorite room in a house, except for our current home which has an irresistible sunroom I've grown quite fond of and actually named too...the luminarium. :) I love Miss Cow Creamer. teehee
A good day for a good day indeed!
So enjoyed my visit always.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..